Flooding in the north of England and its surrounding areas has dominated the news this Christmas and devastated many, with two neighbouring recording studios in Leeds among those most severely affected.
Suburban Home in Leeds is one of those left in near ruin. Run by MJ from Hookworms, the studio has been responsible for some of the best UK indie over the past few years: Eagulls, Joanna Gruesome and Trust Fund all included.
Launching a GoFundMe page in an attempt to pay for the damaged equipment, flooring and fixtures, MJ explains that the studio was never able to get insurance due to being too close to a river bank, with its future in jeopardy following the tragedy. The company’s original home was also destroyed by floods five years prior.
“Because of its close proximity to the river, the building and contents have never been able to be insured for flood damage, and as such it will now require thousands and thousands of pounds to gut, dry, clean and replace everything inside,” he writes.
“Fortunately the flooding was anticipated by a couple of hours and the work of a few incredible people managed to get almost all of the expensive studio equipment and gear up into the attic (or at least up high), but we do already know that at least a couple of guitar amps and some drum hardware have been destroyed by the water. As such, any money raised by this will likely be going towards replacing/repairing damaged flooring, carpets, furniture, cabling, doors, electrics, and building new bass traps (which were used as makeshift sand bags), as well as redecorating and having the studio professionally dried and dehumidified.”
Meanwhile, Soundworks Studios – home to Kaiser Chiefs, The Cribs and Embrace – has also been “hit very hard” too. A message on the studio’s Twitter says: “All flooded out!!! can’t get into the building – also no power for obvious reasons. Will update when we know the extent of the damage”.
Another Leeds studio, Blueberry Hill, has seen “tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment” lost in the floods. Having opened three years ago, the owners hope to use any money raised to “help the studio get back on it’s feet, replace equipment, rebuild, or pass on to the musicians who have lost equipment.”
A fundraising gig will also take place in honour of Blueberry Hill Studios at the city’s Brudenell Social Club on January 3. See more details beneath.